When James Cook University students meet employers at the annual Careers Fair in Cairns tomorrow (Tuesday 31 March), chances are they will see some familiar faces – almost 50 JCU graduates will amongst the employer representatives attending.
Representatives of 43 employers, professional associations and volunteer organisations will be on campus to meet students and discuss their career plans.
“The graduates attending range from recent employees to senior staff,” JCU Employment Officer Lisa Crema said. “Everyone loves a success story, and current students learn a lot by talking to professionals who have studied here and gone on to build their careers in the region.”
The Careers Fair introduces students to prospective employers from around the state.
“We encourage students to attend the Careers Fair each year of their studies, so they can make contacts, keep up to date with their sector, and learn about ways to kick start their career plans while they’re still at university,” Ms Crema said.
In 2014, for the fourth year in a row, the Good Universities Guide gave JCU a five-star rating in the category ‘Getting a full-time job’ – putting JCU in the top 20% for graduate employment,
Ms Crema said the University’s close working relationship with local employers was a significant factor in that success. “We encourage students to think about their careers at every stage of their studies and to keep in touch with employers through events like speed networking and industry panels, as well as the annual Careers Fair,” she said.
“We especially appreciate the help of employers in finding career-relevant work for students before graduation, whether it’s a part-time job, or a project to work on during semester, vacation work or an internship.
“We’re always interested to help employers connect with our students, because we know that contact helps ensure students are job-ready, aware of the opportunities available, and able to meet labour market expectations.
“The Careers Fair is all about face-to-face contact, and that’s hard to beat when it comes to networking. It’s a chance for students to learn about the opportunities available, and investigate recruitment processes and career paths with industry professionals.”
Issued: March 30, 2015
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